Washington Park

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Parts of Washington Park were originally the State Street Cemetary.  By the 1850's public opinion was shifting to support the expanding the much smaller parade ground into the urban planned park we have today, so the cemetary and other lots were purchased and existing graves moved to Albany Rural Cemetary in Menands.  (Should you ever visit Albany, Rural Cemetary is definitely worth a visit if you're into that type of thing-- it is full of beautiful monuments, grand Victorian crypts and historic colonial era markers.  It's no Mount Auburn but a really nice walk on a sunny day).  The park and boat house have been through many renovations and revamps over the years, however its basic plan reflects the original design of Fredrick Law Olmstead.

  Olmstead is famous for Central Park, and Washington Park is planned to be its little sister.  We too have a lake with footbridge, an avenue of benches under elm trees and many other elements featured in New York.  Over time various monuments were added to the landscape-- some obvious, other less so. 

Albany's number one event of the year is the Tulip Festival.  It's held every year, usually on Mother's Day weekend.  There are vendors, musical acts, traditional Dutch events, like the scrubbing of the streets, all centered around a huge display of tulips in bloom in the park.  All of these photos were taken several weeks before hand-- not everything was in bloom yet. 

shirlan says:
It is great to learn something about the history. And great photos to go with it.
Posted on: May 17, 2008
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